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Black Bear Support Solutions – Lewiston, Maine

Black Bear Support SolutionsGrowing up as a daughter of a female entrepreneur, Laura Catevenis knew she was destined to start a business. From an early age, she watched her mother juggle a family, job, and college. After attending the same college as her parents and earning her Associates Degree, Laura discovered her passion for Human Service right away and knew the type of business she would start.Read More

Fire & Dough – Milbridge, Maine

Fire and DoughAs children, Anne Hassett and her sister Carrie Lacy ate homemade pizza that their father made from scratch every Saturday night. Originally from Connecticut, Ann had property in Milbridge and spent summers vacationing in Maine, a place both sisters loved. In 2017, Anne and Carrie approached the Maine SBDC with a dream of relocating to Milbridge permanently and starting their very own wood-fired pizza truck business. They need guidance on making this happen.Read More

Carmichael Transport Inc. – Bangor, Maine

Mickey Carmichael and his business Carmichael Transport Inc. have provided services to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for almost 40 years in the Bangor area. Recently, the USPS changed the way they award mail routes, with the consolidation of smaller routes into larger contracts. For the northern Maine Region, this meant there would only be two contracts out of the Hampden service center – for Region A and Region B. Mickey knew this could be an opportunity to expand his business and wanted to make sure he thoroughly understood the bidding process. For assistance, he turned to the Maine SBDC and met with Business Advisor Ann McAlhany.Read More

Small Business Resource & Networking Night – August 1 & 2 in Wilton & Madison, ME

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE NIGHT
with Maine’s own Bob Crowley, winner of the reality show Survivor and successful entrepreneur

jay & madison area entrepreneurs & small businesses – this event is for you! 

Join us for a fun and informative evening of learning and networking with local business owners and small business resource organizations. Learn more about the resources that can help start, grow and manage your business! The event will feature free dinner and guest speaker Bob Crowley, who will entertain you with stories of his time on Survivor, his experiences as a small business owner and much more.Read More

Bangor Pet Resort & Spa – Bangor, Maine

Bangor Pet Resort & SpaBangor Pet Resort and Spa is well known in the Bangor area for providing exceptional care to man’s (and woman’s) best friends. Their services include an interactive pet daycare, comfortable overnight boarding and luxurious spa and grooming services. Their clean and comfortable facility features spacious play areas for group play time as well as as private rooms with windows for dogs that want to be by themselves.  Overnight guests receive their very own pet suites or condos, with all the comforts of home and more. Certified groomers are also available to brush, trim and pamper your pet.  Read More

Rockwood Cottages – Rockwood, Maine

Rockwood Cottages & Mount KineoRockwood Cottages consists of 7 two bedroom cottages situated on the western shore of Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, Maine. The cottages feature all the comforts of home and overlook the lake and popular Mt. Kineo, a majestic mountain that arises out of the water forming a sheer 700-foot cliff. 

With a motto of “A stranger is just a friend we haven’t met yet,” the business had been built based on quality customer service and experience. When the business owners decided to retire in 2017, they looked to sell to someone who would take care of their customers and the business which they’d worked hard to build for many years. With experience in the cabin rental and property management business, they found the perfect match in Emily and Dennis Bodemer.Read More

Three Tips to Getting Your Business Ready for Summer Tourism

The sun is shining, temperatures are (finally) warming up, and the black flies are coming (sadly). It’s almost summer in Maine, which means it’s also a busy time of year for so many of our small businesses. We are lucky enough to welcome tourists to our beautiful state.

Is your business ready? Will they remember your business and want to come back year after year?

Helping to create unique and memorable experiences with your business will improve their trip and help increase your sales. A win-win! There is still time to do a few quick and fairly easy refresher steps:

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